Conservation of a pleistocenic Giant Sloth from Tamtoc, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

Author(s): Abel Mercado Pérez

Year: 2015


In Tamtoc, an archaeological site, located in the state of San Luis Potosi, Mexico, skeletal remains of a Megatherium sp., commonly called Giant Sloth, were found. One of the objectives of the investigation to be presented is to develop appropriate techniques for the conservation and restoration of these residues. In addition, we aim to slow down the gradual deterioration due to various degradation factors in the region such as temperature, RH, PH, light and biological activity.

The conservation and restoration process on the pleistocenic skeletal remains responds to specific needs addressing the conditions that have affected the specimen.

This presentation pretends to expose the consolidation methods used for the conservation of material originating from archaeological contexts, and emphasizes the importance of the particular case, considering that it deals with the conservation of a unique archaeological remnant.

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Conservation of a pleistocenic Giant Sloth from Tamtoc, San Luis Potosi, Mexico.. Abel Mercado Pérez. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 396748)


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;